After training in Christiansburg, Santo Condorelli makes the podium in Tokyo

Japan 2020

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – MARCH 06: Santo Condorelli reacts after winning the Men’s 50 Meter Freestyle Final on Day Four of the TYR Pro Swim Series at San Antonio on March 06, 2021 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

TOKYO (WFXR) — On the second morning of swimming finals at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre, the first of Sergio Lopez Miro’s trainees made the podium. Santo Condorelli, who trained under the guidance of the Virginia Tech head swim coach, earned silver with the Italian team in the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay.

The United States, led by Caeleb Dressel and anchored by Zach Apple, took gold with a time of 3:08.97. Australia won bronze.

Condorelli didn’t swim in the final but earns a medal after swimming the second leg of the relay during Sunday night’s preliminary heat.

This is Condorelli’s second Olympic appearance but first with Italy after representing Canada at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Seven other swimmers have connections to Lopez Miro, either through Virginia Tech or his pro team based in Christiansburg. Rio 2016 gold medalist Joseph Schooling is the highest profiled competitor of the group and is set to enter the pool in the preliminary heats of the men’s 100m freestyle on Tuesday night.

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